ERIC Number: ED251579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
American-Hispanics in a Pluralistic Society.
Ogletree, Earl J.; Ujlaki, Vilma E.
To determine whether Hispanics in America favor assimilation or pluralism, 255 Chicago Hispanics were surveyed. Results showed that changes in their cultural patterns and movement toward assimilation were minimal. Although some assimilation was occurring, a certain degree of separateness (based on religion, ethnic identity, and behavioral patterns) existed and will be sustained in the future. A majority (84%) liked America and believed Hispanic children should learn English (94%), but they also favored maintenance of Spanish (85%), and bilingual education (83%). Similarly, while a majority did not favor endogamy (52%) and desired to become American (54%), most wished to retain their ethnic identity. Almost two-thirds (62%) felt that Hispanics must "fight for their rights," but a majority stated that political and economic interests were not the reasons for retaining one's ethnic identity. Most respondents felt they had control over and freedom in their lives to achieve what they wished, and, in general, the Hispanic sample felt there was an absence of prejudice and discrimination against them. Overall, the findings indicated that at least partial assimilation was the goal of the sample. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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